Tag Archives: Hope McMath

The Immigrant: An Upbeat, Limited-Set Story at Players by the Sea's Studio Theatre

The Immigrant: An Upbeat, Limited-Set Story at Players by the Sea’s Studio Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville Beaches is always coming up with new ideas. Last year, they created a “Second Season” to expand their offerings. The plays, most with limited sets and costuming, are staged in the Studio Theatre, which has about eighty seats. The first play of this venture was “Memories of Ruby Mae” in September, 2019. Players did not sell tickets for the play but did accept donations. This year they staged “The Immigrant,” during January 9 – 11. “The Immigrant” was written in 1985 by multi-talented Mark Harelik, an American television, film, and stage actor, and playwright. The play …

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Thursday Evenings at MoCA Jacksonville with The Balance King, Photo by Blue Franswa

Thursday Evenings at MOCA Jacksonville with The Balance King

Q& A with Jeremy Nix, The Balance King First off, thank you for letting me feature you! After doing even cursory research on The Balance King it is obvious that you’re in the midst of a very active and exciting chapter of life. You have so many great projects in the works, congrats! Thank you, Amanda, it’s an honor to be featured by you for the EU! What you observe is the periphery of verdant foliage, which could not thrive without the loving support of family and friends, and being a member of a superlative team – in a word, …

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Yellow House Gallery on a Random Friday: Mission and Meaning in Riverside

Yellow House: Friday Night at Hope McMath’s extraordinary space I think people will look back at this era and remember as one of its most extraordinary and interesting figures. Like Bobi Johnson McGinnis or Blair Woolverton. One of the women who create an envelope of head space for other people to think and consider and refill the complex pools of their inner lives with something besides still water. They will follow her career and think ‘what a journey she made’ and marvel a little at the woman, the place, the time. I had dropped by earlier in the afternoon. I’ve …

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With Care and Compassion: 5 & Dime Theatre Company Kicks Off Pride Month With “The Laramie Project”

Every city is defined by a number of contributing factors from the landscape to its residents and the history of the town itself. In Laramie, Wyoming, the place once recognized as a prominent railroading community where small-town, conservative views meshed in a comfortable contradiction with its panoramic scenery and heaven-meets-earth skies became the epicenter of hate following the death of a young, gay man named Matthew Shepard. Created by a collection of students at the Tectonic Theater Troupe, is the result of over 200 interviews conducted by members over a series of visits to Laramie to understand and explain how …

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Enrich their Break: Jacksonville’s 2018 Summer Camps for Kids

Arts and culture are for everyone, including our young ones. Often camps are their first glimpses into their future careers, hobbies, interests, and lifelong friendships. Here we highlight a selection of summer camps sure to enrich the long days.    PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS June 3–10 PRELUDE CHAMBER MUSIC CAMP From beginners to master musicians, different tracks of small ensembles (usually 3–4 in an ensemble) are organized based on instrument mix, skills, performance experience, maturity, and other important small-ensemble considerations. Whether you have a pre-formed ensemble or want to be placed, there’s always a spot for you. Complementary small ensembles are …

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The Walls, 5 & Dime Theatre Company, Jacksonville, Florida, Kate McManus and Kat McLeod Raspa

Beautiful Madness: “The Walls” Explores Mental Illness at 5 & Dime Theatre

The exploration of female insanity traces a dark path through times when women were often institutionalized for mental illness. Ribbons of tragedy and unimaginable suffering are entwined in their history, but there are also unexpected threads of hope woven into the individual stories. Playwright Lisa Dillman offers a fascinating portrayal of the elusive nature of madness and the resulting separation it can bring in The Walls, opening February 16th at . Directed by Bradley Akers, the production runs through March 4th. Centered around a group of women and their families in three different time periods, the play studies the exploration …

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Hope McMath, Yellow House, Art, Activism, Jacksonville, Florida

Yellow House: An Intersection of Art, Community, and Social Justice

Hope McMath, a leader in the Jacksonville arts community, has moved on from her post as director at the , to run a new endeavor–Yellow House. Inside Yellow House, just across from the , at first glance, it looks like a gallery, albeit one with storage issues–besides art, the first room of the gallery features pallets of water, cereal boxes and other sundries, ready to go to communities in need. When hurricane Irma hit, mobilized as quickly as possible, getting much needed supplies to those living in Jacksonville, especially in the Washington Heights area, which was flooded. She had specific …

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Hope McMath with The Space Gallery Directors, Matthew and Laura Bennett // Photo by Francesco Salomoni

At the Intersection of Art and Activism

EVENT: A More Perfect Union: Explorations of Human Rights DATE: February 3 to February 28 VENUE: The Space Gallery (120 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202) MORE INFO: Facebook Event When curator lifted A More Perfect Union from the as the title of her latest exhibition project, she knew exactly what she was doing. “As a nation,” says McMath, “we haven’t even met the baseline of what’s been defined as ‘a perfect union.’ But that baseline kind of sucked.” Through the Union of 25 mixed-medium artists at in downtown Jacksonville, McMath aims to highlight the post-election conversation surrounding universal human rights. …

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Ten Questions: Terrance Patterson, Founder and Artistic Director of the Ritz Chamber Players

10 Questions courtesy of our friends at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville: According to the League of American Orchestras, fewer than two percent (2%) of professional classical musicians in the United States are African-American.  The 2010 Census, which is the most recent Census survey, showed that individuals who identify as African-American represent roughly thirteen percent (13%) of the US population. The disheartening statistic related to the number of African-Americans professionally involved in classical music is one of the motivators that led to the founding of the Ritz Chamber Players. Founded in 2002 by , the stopped charging admission to their concerts …

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LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience

The framework for the art showing at the ’s exhibition , left a lot of room for expression, giving artists the words and melody of the song ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ as an inspiration. Director says that they asked the artists to “marry the message in that song with who you are, and how you are looking at our contemporary situation, around race, around equity, around inclusion, around brutality and hope.” “marry the message in that song with who you are, and how you are looking at our contemporary situation, around race, around equity, around inclusion, around brutality and …

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